Pongal festival in Tamilnadu
If you are looking for articles related to Pongal in Southern India then you are at right place. Here you will find complete information about Pongal in Tamilnadu and other southern states of India. Pongal is one of the biggest and major festival which is also celebrated as new year in Southern India. Pongal is celebrated as the end of the harvest in Tamilnadu and is a four day festival. Pongal festival is dedicated to Lord Surya and is celebrated with lot of joys and happiness.
Pongal 2012 dates
Pongal is four day festival which starts from January 14th and will end on January 17th. Timing for celebrating Pongal is from 7am to 9am. People thank God for their plentiful harvest in form of celebrating Pongal with great joys. On the occasion of Pongal farmers brings new rice to their homes and they prepare new dish from those new rice which is known as Pongal. People use to clean their houses and they decorate their houses with Rangolis and Flowers. People buy new clothes on this occasion. People also use to gift some special items to their loved ones. Pongal festival always collides wiyh Makar Sankranti which is celebrated as harvest festival in other part of India.
How to celebrate Pongal in Tamilnadu
As said above Pongal is a four day festival where each day is having its own meaning. Here is full information about each day of Pongal.
First day of Pongal
First day of Pongal festival is used to thank God of Rain and people use to worship Lord Indra on the first day of the Pongal. People used to decorate their homes with kollams and flowers. First day of Pongal festival is known as Bhogi Pongal.
Second day of Pongal
Second day of Pongal is also known as Surya Pongal and is dedicated to Lord Surya. This is the day when special rice dish known as Pongal is prepared in almost every house in Tamilnadu. Pongal is a sweet rice dish which is cooked with cow's milk.
Third day of Pongal
Third day of Pongal is dedicated to all the cattle's. People use to worship Goddess Parvati and her son on this day. People use to bath their cattle's on this day and it is one of the most joyful day in Pongal festival. Various cattle races are also organized on this day. At some places Bull-Fighting is also held on this day which is locally known as JALLIKATTU.
Fourth day of Pongal
Fourth day of Pongal is also known as Kannum Pongal and is the day when people use to relax with their families. This is the day when people use to visit their relative house and give various gifts to their relatives. This shows their love to them. Various folk songs, dances are also performed on the fourth day of the Pongal festival. This is all about Pongal Festival. Happy Pongal to all the readers.